Communications Professor Selected to Deliver 56th Distinguished Faculty Lecture

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Jan Muto, Ph.D., associate professor, Communications at Norco College, will deliver the 2016 Faculty Lecture.
The Faculty Lecture began in 1961, and each year Academic Senate members select the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. It is the highest honor faculty bestow on a colleague. 
Muto, a graduate of the University of Utah and the University of Delaware, will present Are You Sure? Symbols, Meaning and Reality. 
“Communication is, by definition, a social activity,” Muto said. “We use symbols, both verbal and nonverbal, for the purpose of creating and sustaining shared meaning. The act of assigning meaning to symbols is rife with challenges; in particular, we may overlook how words and objects can be attributed a meaning different from what we intend.  
“Our intention can be noble or it can be self-serving, but whatever it is, the other party may not see the world in the same way. This ‘misunderstanding’ is exacerbated when we are unable to or fail to engage the other person and further negotiate meanings. Ultimately it is our ability to be empathetic and other-oriented that leads us to greater understanding of one another and a more cohesive shared reality.  Using three aspects of everyday life—leadership, diversity, and technology—we see the vast potential of symbols, meaning, and reality, and understand why we need to ask ourselves: are you sure?”

Faculty Lecture Schedule

   Thursday, May 5, 2016                                Tuesday, May 10, 2016                     Thursday, May 12, 2016
College Hour - 12:50 - 1:50 PM                College Hour - 12:50 - 1:50 PM       College Hour - 12:50 - 1:50 PM

    Norco College                                             Riverside City College                          Moreno Valley College
  2001 Third Street                                        4800 Magnolia Avenue                          16130 Laselle Street
   Norco, CA 92860                                           Riverside, CA 92506                          Moreno Valley, CA 92551

Brenda & William Davis Center                        Salvatore G. Rotella                            Student Academic
for Student Success, Room 217                 Digital Library Auditorium                   Services Building, Room 121
From January 2009 until June of 2010, Muto served as Riverside City College’s president after serving as chief academic officer at Madisonville Community College in Kentucky, interim president at Maysville Community and Technical College, and assistant to the chancellor for teaching and learning at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System central office. While president at RCC, Muto led the College’s effort in winning a competitive planning grant and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and National League of Cities “Communities Learning in Partnership” grant; led the College’s effort to be named a demonstration site for the Gateway to College program for high school dropouts; negotiated a memorandum of understanding with Alvord Unified School District on the Innovative Learning Center at Stoke Elementary School, a unique partnership of educational institutions designing and sharing learning space; assisted RCC in being recognized as a leader in minority student graduation rates; and led the charge in the creation of a jointly held state-of-the-art aquatics facility located on the RCC campus.​